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>> all right. i think it's a good law. stay with us. news 4 continues right now at 5:00 a.m. wicked weather. theind of weather that will melt amean witch. some rain is already falling in our area at i-66 out in manassas. tom says it could get really messy. >> we know how bad it gets back there from 66. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. september 28th, 120. we want to take a live look outside at 5:00 a.m. it is 70 degrees. we had rain in the area area. few spots of flooding, tom mentioned. today we could get more rain. >> it got heavy at some points yesterday. tom told us there were small creek flooding in some areas yesterday. >> yeah, montgomery county because of foenl downpours.
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two to three inches fell there esterday afternoon. rain abated a bit. this morning we have had another surge of rain moving in west of interstate 95 in talkier, loudon county. radar showing also a little bit of circulation in the clouds. there may be some strong winds as the surge of rain comes through. northern faulkier, western fairfax, loudon, warren and clark county. that's heading to the panhandle west virginia. it's just skirting right near montgomery as well. this is all assoiated with an area of low pressure that's spinning south and west of us. it will spin a cool front later today. that will likely bring other showers through midday. for this morng, we're in the 60s and low 70s. 72 in washington. we'll hold steady while we have the rain. there's a chance for downpours. maybe blustery winds as well through noon time. and sun back with highs near 80
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degrees. there mabe storms on the eastern shore this afternoon. and then tomorrow some sun in the morning, clouding out in the afternoon. we could get another surge rain drying out on friday. jerry, how is our traffic? >> it kind of all depends where you are. clear, dry payment on the 270 corridor. germantown, all the way down to the capital beltay. good start there. no worries. out to the west, though, different story on interstate 66. those of you coming in at the toll road, 50. lots of road spray. at this point it's a little volume from haymarket to manass. no accidents toreport. again, just like yterday, be very, very careful out there. >> thanks very much, jerry. this morning we're following a story it of virginia. dozens of cattle are dead after a massive fire.
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flames engulfed the livestock exchange on john marshall highway in marshall. fire crews were able to get many of the animals out of the burning structure. however, at least 50 died. firefighters on the scene describe the damage as significant. right nothe cause of the fire is still under investigation. we do have a crew on the way to the scene. we will bring you more information as it comes in. city leaders will have t deal with a $175 million budget deficit. spending pressure is accounted for a shortfall of about $66 million to $75 million. public schools spent $35 million on special education, which was $25 million more than budgeted. as part of our focus on education nation we are amining the state of d.c. schools. but we'reot the only ones. president obama made public his
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viws and it's become thetalk of the town. megan mcgrath has more on the comments and the fallout. megan, good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, eun. it's a comment that has knowledge educators in the district up in arms. president barack obama on monday appeared on the "today" show and answered questions submitted by a live audience. and the president's answer to one of those questions has sparked quite a bit of controversy. his daughters go to sidwell friends, a prestigious private school. he said his children would not receive the same level of education in d.c. public schools. >> as the father of two delightful and seemingly very bright daughters, i wanted to know whether or not you think that mlia and sasha would get the same high quality rigorous education in a d.c. public school as compared to their elite private cadly they're attending now. >> i'll be blunt with you. the answe is no right now.
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d.c. public schools systems are struggling. now, they have made important strides the last several years to move in the direction of reform. there are some terrific individual schools the d.c. system. and that's true, by the way, in every city across the country. again,he president made those comments monday morning. there has been quite a bit of talk regarding what he said in terms of the quality of d.c.'s public education system. as you heard, the president pointed out there are good individual schools and strides have been made. more of the reaction coming up in the next half hour. eun, back to you. >> megan mcgrath, thank you. ted stevens will be laid to rest at arlington national cemetery. he was one of five people killed last month in southwest alaska. th86-year-old was the longest serving republican in senate history. four people survived the crash,
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including former nasa chief sean o'keefe. the group was on its way to a fishing trip. the prosecution's objectio to a defense witness who will be called on to discuss why inmates agreed to testify for prosecutors. that trial was supposed to start xt week. police are warning women in montgomery county this morning after a woman says she was assaulted. this happened on route 355 in germantown after the woman spent a night out with friends. jackie benson has the details. >>reporter: the 21-year-old victim told police she was walking alone early sunday morning on this very dark stretch of route 355 south of high point drive. >> we knowhe had been socializing with friends in germantown, and it was her plan to walk to 7-eleven to meet another friend.
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>> reporter: there is a sidewalk, but streetlights are sd few and far between. >> she was attacked from an unknown man who grabbed her, took her into the woods and sually assaulted her. she did attempt to fight off her attacker. she did sustain minor injuries during that resistance. >> reporter: police say after the attack thwoman was able to get to the 7-eleven a short distance away on profesonal drive and call for help. the neighborhood enjoys a very low crime rate. women we spoke to were surprised by news of the assault. >> i work in this area. >> i think around the bus stops you have to be careful a little bit. but anywhere you go you should be careful. >> report: because it was dark the woman was not able to get a good look at her attacker. jackie benson, news 4 today. 5:08. 70 degrees. ahead this morning, a verdict in the trial of a crash th killed
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a local baseball standout. a decision near which way rahm emanuel is leaning for mayor ofchicago. up next, it could be a really messy morning. serious rain headed our way. some of you are already getting wet. weather and traffic next.
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weather and traffic on the ones. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. eading into loudon county, panhandle of west virginia, and frederick county, maryland. there is some indication there could be stng gusty winds associated with downpours. you see the areas of green and yellow where it's coming down hardest. right now where the line meet and where the warren and clark county line meet as well. that is moving to the north. another area of heavy rain now right in souern loudon county south of leespurg. that's crossing the potomac over the next half hour. elsewhere, we have scattered light showers this morning. there's a chance for isolated flooding as heavy downpours come through. clearing this afternoon with ghs in the upper 70s to near 80. increasing clouds. more rain tomorrow afternoon and thursday. how is the traffic? >> a look at interstate 66,
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haymarket towards manassas. just rain. we did have a report of an accident on 66 between middleburg and haymarket. apparently a car slid in the guardrail. again, good example. be cautious. 270, just a little bit of volume. generally speaking, from frederick all the way down to the beltway, better than normal at this point. we'll keep you updated. >> thank you, jerry, very much. 70 degrees. gilbert arenas talking for the first time since his 50-game suspension. what he is sing abt his return to basketball. plus, the irs making a money-saving change. what you will not be receiving next year. next, the focus of education nation shifting this morning to the startling number of students dropping instrumental music ]
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[ instrumental musi] four years ago, bob ehrlich got fired as governor of maryland. for goodeason. first, he protected tax loopholes for giant cable cable companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%.
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and for the last four years, he worked as a hired n for big corporations, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and againnd again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle cde do. dozens of cattle are dead after a fire in talkier county. this fire started inside a single story barn in the 7400 block john rshall highway in marshall, virginia. firerews were able to get many cows out of the burning structure. however, at least 50 died. the next mayor of the district is going to have to
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al with a projected budget gap of nearly $175 million. $100 million has come from sales and income tax collections that ha dropped dramatically. additional spending accounted for a shtfall from $66 million to $75 million. public school system spent $30 million on speal education, which was $25 million more than was budgeted. today, former alaska senator ted stevens will be laid to rest at arlington tional cemetery. he was one of five people killed in a plane crash last month in southwest alka. the 86-year-old was the longest serving republican in senate history. now back to you in the studio. joe? the krsh happened near the intersection of floral park in brandy wine, maryland. four other people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. no word on the condition of that incident. cafornia jury convicted a
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drunk driving was found guilty of three counts of second dree murder. gallo ran a red light in april of 2009 and t-boned a car carrng los angeles piter nick adenhart and three others. only one survived. s blood alcohol limit was three times theearly limit. he faces life in prison. week long education nation is focusing on preventng school dropouts. leaders in government business and education are all addressing the issue. tracie potts takes a look at new initiatives to help more students stay in school. >> repter: every year 1.3 million students, 7,000 a day, drop out of school. >> it is not just a crisis. it is a catastrophe. >> reporter: poor students, minorities and those in the
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south have the highest rate. the government has identified 2,000 low performing schools that produce nearly half the nation's dropouts. president obamaalls them dropout factories and wants t shut them down or turn them into charter schools. >> you can't defend a status qo in which a third of our kids are dropping out. >> reporter: educators are honing in on ninth grade, accordg to research. >> ninth grade is the most critical year to determine high school graduation. >> reporter: the alliance r excellent education says keeping kids in school can help america's bottom line, saving billions in health care, crime, and preparing the next generation for bs. >> jobs in the future, particularly in this country, require a college education. >> reporter: the alliance reports raising minorit graduaon rates to that of white students over the next decade would add $310 billion to the u.s. economy. so it'an economic issue for the nation.
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and for each student personally. the alliance says over the course of a career, a high school dropout will ern $260,000 less than a high school graduate. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. fresh off signing a bill to benefit sll businesses, president barack obama hits the campaign trail today to try to win over voters for the upcoming midterm elecons. the president is hoping the new pill, which could supply $300 billion in business loans, will spark support for his cross country tour. he will continue to hold backyard rallies all this week, including one in richmond tomorrow. tonight, however, they will target the youth vote and head to the university of wisconsin where young voter turnout is among the highest in the nation. kathleen sebelius will be speaking at the universi of maryland. she will be at a rally trying to get local college students and other young people out to the polls. vice president biden will be attendi similar rallies
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tonight. the white house chief of staff will soon decide whether he will leave to run for the mayor of chicago. sources tell nbc news the announcement could come as early as this friday. rahm emanuel is highly expected to leave the white house. he is still considering the impact his decision would have on his family. he has expressed interest in being mayor of chicago several times in the past. current mayor richard daly announced he would not seek reelection. wizards season is officially under way and gilbert arenas is back. midnight madness at george mason university overnight. it's the first time arenas was back after serving a 50-game suspension last season. it was also media day. and arenas was extremely serious. he has taken that approach to the upcoming season. he said the happy-go-lucky demeanor is a thing of the past. >> i'm very hay.
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the past showed happiness on the outside. there's no need to do that anymore. now i can just play the game the right way. play with passion. only place i smile is on the court. that's what my job is. that's where my love is. that's the only time i need t smile now. >> a somber gilbert arenas. he has been ordered by nba commissioner david stern not to talk about the gun incident last year that led to his suspension. well, new year's tradition has come to an end. every year we get that little bundle of greetings from your irs letting you know tax day is on the way. starting next year you will not get any irs tax forms or instructions in your mailbox the internal revenue service has decided to stop mailing them because so many people now file electronically. the agency will reportedly save $10 million a year by elinating the mailings.
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more than 96 million people filed their returns through the irs online service last year and 20 million filed paper returns through paid tax preparers. >> yep. it's just quicker that way, i think. >> it is quicker. >> all right, tom. tell us about the weather. it's 5:21. traffic and weather on the ones. more rain moving into western suburbs, northern suburbs as well getting modete to heavy rain right now perhaps with strg, gusty winds. this has been surging upward the last lee hours and west of the washington metro area. right nowthe radar showing the heaviest rainshere you see the dark greens and yellows. northern loudon county. that band of modere to heavy rain could cause some floodin here briefly. watch out for the ponding of water here. that's going to be advancing quickly to the north. shoulbe moving int frederick county, maryland, washiton county, maryland in the next half hour or so. scattered showers around the region will continue thrgh noon time with possible flooding. sun back this afternoon with
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highs near 80. tomorrow, increasing clouds into the 70s. could get showers tomorrow aernoon and evening likely on thursday. hea downpours possible. drying out friday into the weekend. turning more autumnal. >> live look south of town on the capital beltwayment notice the flashing lights on the right side of your screen. that's the exit from the inner loop to eisenhower. temporarily closed. auardrail was damaged in an earlier accident. not affecting the travel lanes proper on the beltway. t's see how we're doing elsewhere. if you're going to be traveling 395, landmark, to 14th street bridge, looking good. outbound 14th street bridge headed down towards landmark moving along well. out to the rails, have are we doing?
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live. >> you need an upgrade, joe. 5:27. ahead, the merger that could shake up air travel in our area. why it could cost passengers more oney, though. a soldier accused of killing for the thrill. what he said in a shocking interview in court. this fire you're seeing here, dozens of animals killed
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torrential tuesday. heavy rain is falling in your area. even more is on the way. good morning. i'm eun yang. >> good morning to you. i'm joe krebs on thi tuesday, the 28th day of september. let's take a live look outside right now and see whether we see any rain in the skies. doesn't look like it right here in downtown d.c. but we'll find out from tom in just a moment. good morning. welcome to news 4 today. just a few miles to our west there is torrential rain. the last three hours we have seen the surge of rainoving south to north. it is raining hard on interstate 270 from frederick, northern montgomery county. there may be a little bit of rotation in the showers that may be causing strong, gusty winds to come down to the surface as
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this is advancing quickly to the north. elsewhere, we have some scattered lighter showers around northern virginia, northern neck of virginia, eastern panhandle of weste virginia and shenandoah valley. maybe some isolated flooding and ponding of water through noon time. then drying out this afternoon with highs around 70, rather 80 degrees. then overnight tonight, partly cloudy, near 60 tomorrow. sun tomorow morning. highs into the low and mid-70s. and some rain is likely to move in late wednesday ranch, wednesday night. moderate to heavy rain is likely on thursday. highs in the 70s. then drying out just in time for the end of the weekend. nowlet's check traffic on this tuesday morning. how is it looki, jerry? >> so far so good over on the capital beltway, braddockroad. outer loop, far right side the issue be loop. springfield and i-66, moving
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along pretty well. let's see how wre doing on the maryland side. for those you traveling towards the bdge, outer loop from river road doing okay. once you get on route 7, word of an aident involving a truck. i believe it's over on the shoulder. they may need to take a travel lane. we'll watch that very, very carefully. we'll update you. doing okay. metro and vre. 401, 8 minutes behind schedule. eun? >> jerry, thank you. a developing story in virginia this morning. dozens of cattle are dead this morning after a massive fire. flames engulfed the livestock exchange on john marshall highway in marshall. news 4 kimberly suitors is live with the latest. kimberly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, eun. we understand firefighters tried to do everything they could. they just could not save dons of animals. this came in within the last 20
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minutes. dozens of cattle died after this massive barn fire. this video was not by a volunteer firefighter. you can see the blaze on the left. absolutely lit up the night sky. the fire started inside the livestock exchange. that's a fixture in the county where they bought and sold cattle since 1963. there were 250 or so animals housed in a two-story ba at john marshall highway in marshall, virginia. fire crews were able to get many out of the burning structure. however, at least 50 died. we understand one firefighter suffered minor injuries awell. right now the cause of the fire is und investigation. eun, back to you in the studio. >> kimberly, thank you. we're learning of a delayn the trial of a man accused of killing chandra levy. the procution's objection to a potential defense witness who would testify about why inmates
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agree to testify for prosecutors. the trial was supposed to start next week. the next mayor of the district is going to have to deal with a projected budget gap ofearly $175 million. a $100 million of that has come from sales and income tax collection that have dropped dramatically. spending accounted for a shortfall. southwest airlines m be coming to reagan national airport. the airline announced it is trying to buy airtran airline.
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if approved the deal is valued to be $1.4 billion. southwest says it would drop airtran's baggage fees and let bags buy free as it does on its current airline. we hope that continues. >> again, the airline sa it will continue. but fares in the northeast will go up as fare wars disappear. and airlines continue to merge. a new videotaped interview shows an american soldier describing how he randomly killed three civilians in afghanistan. corporal jeremy morelock is five soldiers charged with premeditated murder. in interviews, he described a plot to randomly kill civilians for support in the kandahar province. they mutilated corpses and even collected body parts. his attorneys want to suppress it saying he was owe medication at the time. soldiers involved could face the death penalty if convicted. in a bizarre twist of fae, the man who opens segue company has died after accident involving a segue.
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our time right now is 5:39. 21 minutes until 6:00. 70 degrees outside. not really raining here, is it? we'll check in with tom. >> not in the district of columbia. weather and traffic. as we take a look at radar, we have moderate to heavy rain
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falling just north of washington. there's been one batch racing out of virginia into maryland the last half hour. now heavy rain is falling in washington county and frederick county, maryland where you see that area of yellow. there's another heavy shower in southern talkier county, moving into prince william. another one north o harrisonburg. moderate showers in southern prince georges into charles. all of these are advancing to the north perhaps with brief gusts of wind as well. we'll have occasional shower activity through noon time with the possibility of high water. then that which some sun back with highs near 80. increasing clouds tomorrow. mid-70s. and more rain likely moving in late tomorrow aftnoon, into tomorrow night. likely heavy downpours on thursday. tropical system passes through the rion. highs reaching the upper 70s. finally drying out on friday. partly cloudy with highs in the
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mid-70s. looks ke it will be eve cooler. a look at that in ten minutes. northern virginia, along i-95. o far dry pavement. however, there is word of an doesn't i-95 northbound in the express lanes tying the left side. let's head over and see how wee doing elsewhere. trip from the north, here comes the rain in hyattstown. 270 sbbd from 109 towards t capital beltway. you're going to encounter a couple spots. rain will be an issue. so be very, very cautious. a little extra trave time is certainly a good idea. give yourself a little extra distance and you'll be kay. >> thanks very much, jerry. still to come, live to nashville where an iconic building is gettng ready to make a grand reopening after flooding. the high-tech way d.c. is keeping tabs on young
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four years ago, bob ehich got fired as governor of maryland. for good reason. first, he protected taxloope companies. then, he let utilities jack up our rates 72%. and for the last four years, he worked as a hired gun for big
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corporatio, even a bank that took billions from a taxpayer funded bailout. ehrlich sides with corporate executives again and again and again tell bob ehrlich big banks and billionares don't need help. middle cde do.
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5:44. good morning, everyone. i'm kimberly suiters. top stories in the news. dozens of cattle are dead after a massive barn fire. this video just came into our newsroom in the last 30 minutes. it was shot by a volunteer firefighter. you can see the blaze really lighting up the night sky. it started inside the livestock exchange, a fixture in the county where ty bought and sold cattle since 1963. 250 animals were housed in the two-story barn in marshall, virginia. fire crews were able get many cows out of the burning tructure. but at least 50 of them died. a california jury is convicted a drunk driver of murdering three people, including a major league baseball player. 23-year-old andrew gallo was found guilty of three counts of second degree murder.
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prosecutors say h ran a red light in april '09 and t-boned a car carrying nick aid el heart. he was three times the legal limit. he could spend life in prison. president obama wi head to the youth vote. he will head to the university of wiscons where young voter turnout is highest. now back to you in the studio. joe, eun. >> thanks very much kimberly. the week long focus of easy, called education nation, zeros in on school dropout rates. later this morning, former secretary of state general colin powell will talk about his two-year dropout preventionest, call america's promise alliance. he co-founded it with his wife alma. the government estimates
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every year 1.3 million students, 7,000 a day, drop out of school. >> reporter: parents from around the country submitted questions. they were read allowed by members of a live audience.
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>> as the father of two delightful and seemingly very bright daughters, i wanted to know whether or not you think that malia and sasha would get the same high quality rigorous education in a d.c. public school as compared to their elite private academy they're attending now. >> i'll be blunt with you. the answer is no right now. d.c. public schools systems are struggling. >> reporter: president obama's children attend the prestigious and private sidwell school. >> i did hear the comme. and of course we wish he would rethink that. i think we do have some excellent schools both in our traditional public schoolsnd
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our charter schools. and i thin his daughters would get a first class education. >> reporter: school chancellor and adan fenty has been credited with improving schools. vincent gray has not said whether he would keep michelle rhee on as chancellor once his term begins. she has not said whether she would be able to stay on once the administrations change. all of that still unclear. needless to say, a lot of people talking about the president's comments today. back to you. eun? >> all right. megan mcgrath in northwest. thank you. a 1-year-old child is in the hospital after suering life threatening injuries on floral park road and old liberty lane in brandywine. four other people were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. no word on the condition of that infant. police are warning women in
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germantown, maryland to be careful this morning after a report of sexual assault. >> she was attacked from an unknown man who grabbed her, took her into the woods and sexually assaulted her. sheid sustain minor injuries during that resistance. the district is using a high-tech device to kee track of young offenders. department of youth rehabilitation services is tracking them through gps device strapped on to their ankles. the pilot program allows case managers to keep track of whether they are attending school and treatment programs as required. it helps enforce house arrest orders. >> we get alerts in real-time when they're not where they're supposed to be, when they're not where we tell em to be. by utiling that we can respond immediately.
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>> the agency has been criticized over its supervision of youth offenders. just last week one teen offender was arrested for murder. there will be a change at the top for t washington national opera. placido domingo says he will leave when his contract expires next year. he has served his 2003. he holds the same title with the los angeles opera. he helped attract some of the wofrld's most talented ac in washington. the norm i imagine a big loss. his voiceis divine. >> that was him singing at the papal mass. you were there to hear that. >> i think it was the highlight. >> it w an extraordinary moment. >> all right, tom. rainy out there? >> yeah. it's wet now. rain just moved into the district in the last few minutes. and it is going to connue to advance the north.
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right now just light rain in washington where you see the blue and lighter green is rain. darker green and the yellow is some heavier rain. this is movingouth to north the last three hours and moving right into the region, northern virginia into the disict of columbia, as well as into prince george's county, calvert and st. mary's county. moderate rain swinging through there. very heavy rain in northern frederick county. that's quickly advancing into pennsylvania. another area of moderate to heavy rain into central prince william county. that's advancing into western fairfax quickly. there some indication of stron winds aloft. showers sweep through the region this tuesday morning. we have other showers here in parts of eastern west virginia. this is advancing to the north and may be moving into paige and shenandoah counties shortly.
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ght now in the 60s to low 70s throughout the entire region. 72 in washington. out of the mountains, it's a bit cooler. low 70s on the eastern shore. now, all of this rain associated with an area of low pressure that's moving through west virginia. ere's a cold front associated with that that trails to the south. that's going to sweep more rain our way and maybe strong storms on the shore later this afternoon. already the clouds are breaking up here. southwestern virginia, carolinas. but a wet morning. four students waiting for the buses, upper 60s, low 70s. a chance for isolated flooding. watch for snding water in the darkness. through noon time, possible flooding as ll. overnight, partly cloudy. increasing clouds wednesday. highs in the mid-70s. rain moving in te intohe
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evening thursday. drying out on friday. dry autumnal weekend. >> the trip on 270 slowly down. continuing on down to germantown and beyond. no accidents. but clearly you can see the weather now beginning to move into this region. bear that in mind. see how we're doing. 95 northbound, regular lanes on up doing fine. h.o.v. lanes that are jammed because of an accidentin the two-lane stretch. h.o.v., left lane is taken away with the accident. h.o.v. lanes are much slowe than the regular lanes at this hour. out to the rail we go. good time to catch a trail. all doing great. heavy rain caused dangerous flooding in the upper midwest. right now officials are keeping a close on on a levee in portage, wisconsin.
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worrs will inspect a 14-mile sand levee today. more than 100 homes are threatened by the rising waters. the grand olopry will reopen following this year's widespread flooding in nashville. ed iconic hall opens tonightor the first time since that disaster. nbc's jay gray is inside the opry house this morning with a closer look at e celebration and recovery. jay, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, joe. believe it or not there was four feet of water inside the grand ol' opry. it covered the floors, the seat. it was up over the stage. what we have learned in the months since that flood, though, is water couldn't wa away this legendary performance hall, nor could it wash away the spirit and resolve of this city.
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the waters of the cumberland are calm right now. but just below the surface inful memories still linger. >> we had ten people die in nashville. over $2 billion in damage in private property. about 10,000 properties damaged. >> reporter: one of those belonged to claire beach. >> you walk away and you don't know how much you're going to lose or how much it's going to be under water. at was a very difficult moment. >> reporte she's still sorting through some of the damage. after almost four months she'll be back home tonight for the first time since the flood. and on the same day ironically that another nashville family is finally coming home. it's opening night tonight at the grand ol' opry. >> you know, the grand ol' opry in many ways is the sound track to the lives of many american families. >> reporter: a song that perhaps hit its saddest note ever as
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waterfilled this sacred hall, home to the legends and hallowed groundto country's current stars. >> the ligh have a film of mud on them. and you've got this entire stage, which had water on it. it'sjust heartbreing to think about this. >> reporter: heartbreak that quickly gave way to hard work. >> there was never a question but that this place would arise and rebuild and come back stronger than ever. >> reporter: there are new dressing rooms now. a new stage and seats. as the spotlight warms for tonight's big show,he spirit that built this hall has carried it for 85 years, now remains the same. >> such a testament to the backbone of this community. >> reporter: a community of survivor tonight there will be songs of survival and celebration here. win of the biggest and most important concerts ever inde
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this legendary hall. live at the grand ol' opry, jay gray, nbc news, nashville. not flooding but heat has crippled southern california. a bank sign tells a story. take a look. 109 degrees and it's getting hotter than that, sparking demand for electricity. downtown los angeles set a record yesterday of 113 degrees, the hottest day ever in los angeles >> ouch! >> a popular health drink and also an ice cream maker coming under fire this morning for what claim to be misleading labels. at 6:00 a.m., a developing story in nortrn virginia where a number of animal were killed in a barn fire. we'
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